Datapoint Santome/Tightness of the link between the past marker and the verb

Values

Particle, a few lexical items may intervene

Example 35-102:
Ê tava ka vivê ni Libôkê.
Ê
3sg
tava
pst
ka
ipfv
vivê
live
ni
in
Libôkê.
Liboke
He was living in Libôkê. OR: He used to live in Libôkê.
Example 35-103:
N ta mu ka tason.
N
1sg
ta
pst
mu
refl
ka
ipfv
tason.
sit.down
I was sitting down.
Example 35-104:
Ê tava kwaji ka fla.
Ê
3sg
tava
pst
kwaji
almost
ka
ipfv
fla.
speak
He was about to speak.
Example 35-101:
Zon tava kwaji kume pixi.
Zon
Zon
tava
pst
kwaji
almost
kume
eat
pixi.
fish
Zon had almost eaten fish. OR: Zon was almost eating fish.

Source: Hagemeijer 2007: 151

Confidence:
Very certain